- Publish Date
- Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:12AM
Richard Ayoade, the BAFTA-nominated film director (Submarine, The Double), actor (IT Crowd, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace), TV presenter (Travel Man, The Crystal Maze) and comedian, has been a long-time fan of The Breeders. As a young teen in 1990, Ayoade recalls travelling from his Ipswich home to London to buy the band’s first album Pod. Today, nearly 30 years after making that journey, he has teamed up with his favourite band to create an eerie short story for their latest single, "Spacewoman".
Described by The Breeders’ Kim Deal as “a sci-fi thriller with the soul of [deceased New Wave fiction writer] Harlan Ellison,” Ayoade’s visual treatment depicts Deal in a spacesuit navigating a woodland landscape. Shot on 35mm film and in one seamless take, she encounters fellow Breeders members Jim Macpherson, Josephine Wiggs and Kelley Deal in various states of trauma.
Earlier this year The Breeders released All Nerve, the group’s first record in a decade and their first in 25 years reuniting the iconic Last Splash line-up of sisters Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson. It reached #2 on four Billboard charts and garnered widespread praise from critics including the New Yorker who declared, "The Breeders are a model not simply for the timelessness of good art – the ways in which ingenuity boomerangs – but for what women can accomplish, regardless of whether the culture ever rises up to support them.”
The Breeders return to New Zealand for one show at Auckland’s Powerstation on December 11. NOW SOLD OUT!